April 22, 2005
(Health and Community Services)
Satellite dialysis capacity
expands to Carbonear
Residents of Carbonear and the surrounding area
have access to a new satellite dialysis service. Acting Health and Community
Services Minister Loyola Sullivan today joined Charlene Johnson, MHA Trinity Bay
de Verde, key health region officials, representatives of the Trinity Conception
Placentia Health Foundation and community supporters at the official opening in
Carbonear General Hospital.
"Expanding renal dialysis services affirms our governmentís commitment to
improve access to vital, quality health care services throughout the province.
Wherever possible and practical, we want to provide these types of health
services closer to home for people so they donít have to travel as far and can
have a better quality of life," said Minister Sullivan.
Satellite dialysis centres are out-patient clinics where dialysis treatment is
provided for medically stable patients under the remote medical supervision of
kidney specialists, known as nephrologists. Budget 2005 allocated $566,700 to
establish a satellite service of six renal dialysis stations to begin operation
six days per week. The unit will accommodate a maximum of 32 patients with
Local MHA Charlene Johnson thanked the community for their hard work and said it
is a great day for the entire region. "The opening of the satellite dialysis
site is something we all celebrate together. This project has become a reality
as a result of a spirited community and a successful partnership with
government, the health authority and the health care foundation," said Ms.
In March 2004, government announced it would proceed with new satellite
hemodialysis units in Gander and Carbonear, consistent with the recommendations
of the Provincial Renal Advisory Committee Report. According to provincial
dialysis experts, medical criteria for a safe, quality satellite dialysis
service include a volume of 10-12 medically stable patients and the availability
of medical specialists.
There are currently three dialysis satellites in the province, including
Stephenville, Clarenville and Gander, which complement full-service dialysis
units in St. Johnís, Grand Falls-Windsor and Corner Brook. The satellite units
have effectively managed the growth in numbers of dialysis patients across the
Hemodialysis removes waste from the blood by pumping blood through an artificial
kidney. This prevents a build-up of toxins that can be debilitating and
ultimately fatal. There are 366 patients receiving hemodialysis in hospital and
44 using home dialysis, for about 410 dialysis patients receiving care in
Newfoundland and Labrador.
Media contact: Carolyn Chaplin, Communications, (709) 729-1377, 682-5093
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